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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will not be risked against Villa.

Diaby has recovered from a hamstring injury, but boss Arsene Wenger will not name him in his squad until next week.

Wenger will use an unchanged squad against Villa from the group which won at Everton, with Per Mertesacker (ankle) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) still sidelined.

Aston Villa winger Charles N’Zogbia is battling to overcome a tweaked knee ligament in time to face the Gunners.

Alex McLeish’s £9million summer signing from Wigan suffered the setback during training on Friday and his fitness will be assessed during the next 24 hours.

Striker Andreas Weimann is pushing for a start after scoring the winner against Fulham a fortnight ago. If N’Zogbia is ruled out, Weimann could play upfront with Gabriel Agbonlahor reverting to the wide role he has been employed in before this season.

Striker Darren Bent (ankle), defender Richard Dunne (shoulder) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) remain long-term absentees while utility player Ciaran Clark is still recovering from a knee problem.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Walcott, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Rosicky, Ramsey, Arteta, Van Persie, Fabianski, Djourou, Benayoun, Chamakh, Santos, Miquel.

Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lichaj, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Baker, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Heskey, N’Zogbia, Herd, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Gardner, Stevens, Delfouneso.

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